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Getting to Rio Bosque



Hours:  Rio Bosque Wetlands Park is open during daylight hours 7 days a week.  Admission is free.  

Directions from I-10:  Take the Americas Ave. (Loop 375) exit (Exit 34) and follow the interchange that merges with Loop 375 South.  Take Loop 375 South to Exit 47 for Alameda Ave., Socorro Rd. and Pan American Dr.  Exit to the frontage road (Americas Ave.) and proceed across both Alameda Ave. and Socorro Rd.  At Pan American Dr., turn left.  After driving approximately 1.1 mile on Pan American, you'll cross a bridge over the Playa Drain.  At 1.5 miles, you'll reach a second bridge, which crosses the Riverside Canal right before the gated entrance to the Jonathan Rogers and Roberto Bustamante water-treatment plants.  If you are coming for one of the regularly scheduled tours, workdays or faunal-monitoring activities, the meeting place is at this bridge.  

To get to the Park itself, cross the bridge, turn left onto the gravel levee road and proceed for about 0.75 miles.  You'll be at the northeast corner of the park, at the Tornillo Trailhead.  There are also two other trailheads farther down the levee road, the Wetland and Bosque trailheads.  The Park's visitor center is at the Bosque Trailhead. 

Navigation Note:  Don't ask a GPS navigation system to direct you to the park.  You'll likely get lost.  Many systems direct you to 10716 Socorro Rd., the park's designated street address.  Unfortunately, at this time there is no access to the park from that location. 

To avoid this problem, have your navigation system direct you instead to the Roberto Bustamante Wastewater Treatment Plant, immediately north of the park at 10001 Southside Road.  Once you cross the Riverside Canal and before you enter the fenced-in site of the water-treatment plants, turn left onto the gravel road along the canal and proceed to the park. 

Restrooms:  The park's visitor center is not staffed.  At this time, the 2 restrooms at the site are normally open only when scheduled groups are visiting the park.  .